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Post Number:#1 by Lauren M
» 02 Oct 2016, 20:43

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From Pop Songs" by Laura Roberts.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Pop Songs?

The title immediately grabbed my attention. Who hasn’t been in love and heard a song on the radio that speaks volumes to them? This anthology is compromised of 13 stories. Each story is from a different author about a song or songs that meant the most to them in their relationships. The stories varied from learning to love, being madly in love and moving on from failed love.

I was worried going into the book that it would end up being cliche. I am happy to report that was not the case. Some stories were empowering, a few were sad and there was one that was very odd. I had to read that one twice and laughed aloud when I realized exactly who the author was referring to.

I really enjoyed and related to a few stories that I would like to mention.

The first is titled “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. I was excited by this because I loved the band as a pre-teen. However, the author took it to another level when she described how the song helped her realize that she could take charge of her own love life. She understood that dating wasn’t just about a boy finally noticing you. It was about deciding what you want out of a relationship and going for it!

The second story that really spoke to me was about a middle aged woman. She had really bad back pains that made her already platonic marriage less physical. Through even the most depressing times, whenever the song “Hey Yaa” came on the radio, it was an instant uplift. The song became her anthem of enjoying life, even when it was too painful to even dance to. I was glad to see that her story had a cute and happy ending, but I’ll let you read it for yourself.

The anthology was really nicely bundled together. There was a well written introduction chapter and the stories flowed easily. Nothing felt out of place or random to the pace of the book. Each story was clearly written and well edited.

I really enjoyed this anthology, I’ve already added it to my ‘read again’ pile. There is something special about how music touches us and I liked reading about how other people felt that connection. This book definitely deserves a 4 out of 4 rating. It’s got a story that almost everyone can relate to in one way or another.

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Re: Official Review: Everything I Need to Know About Love I

Post Number:#2 by AA1495
» 07 Oct 2016, 06:36

Glad you enjoyed reading it! Great review! Thanks for sharing ☺
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Post Number:#3 by Lauren M
» 07 Oct 2016, 08:17

AA1495 wrote:Glad you enjoyed reading it! Great review! Thanks for sharing ☺


Thanks! It's super easy to write a great review when you read such a great story!
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Post Number:#4 by AA1495
» 07 Oct 2016, 08:29

Lauren M wrote:
AA1495 wrote:Glad you enjoyed reading it! Great review! Thanks for sharing ☺


Thanks! It's super easy to write a great review when you read such a great story!


Haha! True that! Great job anyway ☺
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Post Number:#5 by Elaine5
» 07 Oct 2016, 09:43

This sounds completely enjoyable. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#6 by klbradley
» 07 Oct 2016, 09:51

Glad to see this received such a good rating! Congrats to the author!
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Post Number:#7 by Lauren M
» 07 Oct 2016, 19:27

Elaine5 wrote:This sounds completely enjoyable. Thanks for the review.


It really was! Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)

klbradley wrote:Glad to see this received such a good rating! Congrats to the author!


Yes! They are currently working on a followup book that I am very excited for as well.
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Post Number:#8 by lane_vespertine
» 08 Oct 2016, 20:41

Great review!
Pop music, more than any other type of music, is always fun to bring up in conversation. People always know (absolutely KNOW!) exactly where there were in life during the success of a pop song. "I was in high school because my friend just got a car and drove us around and it was on the radio all the time." That sort of thing.
Probably a fun avenue for story telling then, too.
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Post Number:#9 by Lauren M
» 09 Oct 2016, 07:17

lane_vespertine wrote:Great review!
Pop music, more than any other type of music, is always fun to bring up in conversation. People always know (absolutely KNOW!) exactly where there were in life during the success of a pop song. "I was in high school because my friend just got a car and drove us around and it was on the radio all the time." That sort of thing.
Probably a fun avenue for story telling then, too.
Thanks again.


Yes! It's neat how music can really sharpen a a memory. Some things I remember ok, but things that involved music, I remember almost entirely. For example, when I was studying for the 2nd time to take my drivers test, I made a mixtape (cd) and listened to it on loop while I studied, and nonstop on the way to the test. I aced it, and still to this day I can kindof recall some of the answers when I hear the songs.
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Post Number:#10 by AA1495
» 12 Oct 2016, 18:52

Oh and very interesting title too 😂
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Post Number:#11 by Lauren M
» 12 Oct 2016, 19:26

AA1495 wrote:Oh and very interesting title too 😂


Hah! I know, it's definitely a mouthful. However, it caught my attention and was worthwhile.
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Post Number:#12 by Kia
» 04 Nov 2016, 17:26

This sounds like a great little collection, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.
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